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My Shots are essentially our version of an Op-ed. These opinion pieces are either submitted to the paper, then vetted and edited by the opinion editor, or solicited based on our desires for hitting certain topics. My Shots are Moonshine Ink opinion pieces that must take a stance on an issue — typically starting with a problem, establishing an argument for your stance, then answering with a call to action.

Word limit for a traditional My Shot is 600 words, and as of 2021 we are accepting longer (1,000 word count limit) submissions on a case-by-case basis. Email editors@moonshineink.com to submit yours!

Clarifying Nevada County’s Plans for Hirschdale

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Nevada County’s community development agency director provides context for the reasoning behind jurisdictional decisions taking place around recreation access in the Hirschdale community.

Can Truckee Become a Walkable Town?

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Walking through historic downtown Truckee, bypassing shops, hotels, and restaurants, one would think Truckee is already pedestrian-friendly. The truth is that currently, Truckee is a commuter town.

Soaring Ranch: Much-Needed Truckee Housing in a 20-Minute Neighborhood

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The developer of Soaring Ranch describes in his My Shot how the project will be a “20-minute neighborhood” and move beyond the necessity of the car.

Squaw Development: Money or Lives

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Regarding the Squaw Village development: Does money matter more than people’s lives?

I Saw the Signs … Become Stoplights

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This My Shot argues that Truckee has developed too much, too fast, and offers the solution of preserving and bolstering the town’s economy as is, with no new development.

Community Involvement Crucial to Outdoor Preservation

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Wildfires are becoming larger and more expensive to fight, and the Forest Service is going broke. While local USFS agencies fall by the wayside, local nonprofits can help. It just takes community support.

The Future of Homewood

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Homewood’s future is in jeopardy, and a change in management prompts one opinion writer to consider a study and future improvements to protect staff and infrastructure.

Why VRBO and Airbnb Must Pay Transient Occupancy Tax

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Collecting more revenues and implementing common sense rules and regulations in the realm of vacation rentals is imperative for our community.

Pack Patience

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A My Shot author experienced a scary traffic accident that could’ve been much worse, inspiring this piece examining traffic solutions long-term as well as the importance of simply “packing your patience.”

More Trouble at TTSA

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With local elections rapidly approaching, there is one public agency where voters do not have a direct choice regarding who serves on the board of directors.